Pultec is Back!
After 30 years, the classic EQ returns, and it's worth the wait
Revived and alive, Pultec is back and here to stay. Through a decade of relentless commitment to perfection, Dr. Steven Jackson restarted Pulse Techniques' production of the original Pultec equalizers, making the magnificent low end, silky-sweet high frequencies and wide-open sound available again for the first time in 30 years.
Considering the rarity of vintage units, the new Pultecs at Vintage King make the classic Pultec accessible again. They’ve been responsible for making recordings sound great for over 60 years and will continue on, thanks to Dr. Steven Jackson’s great new gear.
Three Models, Three Versions
Models are: "Original" A3, "Special" S3, and the "Midrange" MEQ. For each model, there are three versions: Standard Tube, Solid State (SS), and Tube Mastering (M). We did the math, and 3x3 does equal 9.
A3 and S3 models provide delicious sweetening of low and high frequencies. The A3 models have their own classic EQ points, whereas the S3 model offers "special" unique frequencies in low, additional high frequency EQ points and a "special" high frequency shelf option. The MEQ models provides gorgeous control over low-mid, midrange, and mid-high frequencies.
For each model there are tube and solid state versions, and a mastering version. The tube version brings sweetness, silk, and richness to individual tracks and whole mixes. The "SS" solid state versions are not inferior to tube, rather the original designers Eugene Shenk and Ollie Summerland considered the solid state API 2520 op-amp-based make-up gain stage more reliable and easily serviceable. Sonically, the solid state version is considered the punchiest Pultec, with slightly more forward mids. Lastly, the "M" mastering versions provide precision 21-position rotary switches for reproducible 0.5 dB steps of boost or cut.
EQ Points Band 1: 30hz, 40hz, 70hz, 100hz Band 2: 2khz, 3khz, 4khz, 5khz, 6khz, 8khz, 10khz, 12khz 10khz (shelf), 12khz (shelf)
EQ Points Band 1: 20hz, 30hz, 60hz, 100hz Band 2: 3khz, 4khz, 5khz, 8khz, 10khz, 12khz, 16khz
Recreating a Classic
Ph.D. Electrical Engineer and Materials Scientist Dr. Steven Jackson invested over a decade of research in collaboration with original designer Eugene Shenk, employed a multimillion dollar materials characterization lab, and enlisted the industry's most skeptical golden ears to ensure that every detail, down to each transformer winding, retains the original Pultec design and construction. While other products have paid homage to the original, Dr. Jackson has made the ultimate commitment to keeping the Pultec brand authentic. These aren’t reproductions – These are Pultec.
We Know Pultec
Vintage King has serviced and sold over 3,000 vintage Pultecs in our 20 year tenure. Our techs know these units inside and out. That’s why we’re so excited about the new line, as we understand the dedication that went into rebuilding this classic gear. Side by side, the new equalizers match up with the specifications of the original designs. For over 60 years, Pultec has been an integral part of recording, and Vintage King is happy to be a part of the continuation of the brand’s rich legacy.